Gestural Predicates: Assertions and Presuppositions [Squib]
Philippe Schlenker
March 2017

We argue that some gestures can replace predicates in spoken language, and that unlike standard co-speech gestures, they make an assertive contribution. But some of them also trigger presuppositions, which in simple cases are analogous to those of words with a comparable bivalent content. This suggests that presupposition generation is not a lexical process but may be the result of 'triggering algorithm', or alternatively that the mechanism that interprets dynamic iconic representations may derive presuppositions from them.
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keywords: gestures, iconicity, presuppositions, gestural predicates, semantics
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